To sum up everything God's been teaching me this week, I think the phrase from Ephesians 6:12 says it perfectly.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood..."
Again, I am praying that you understand the importance and reality of spiritual warfare. John 8:44 says Satan is the father of lies. Every battle starts as a small lie Satan whispers in your ear. At that moment you have the choice to either confront that lie with prayer and scripture, or believe that lie and entertain the thought. If you choose the first option, Satan will back off, at least momentarily. Don't be fooled though, he will be back.
The second option, on the other hand, will lead to a snowball effect. That small, simple lie will grow and grow and grow until it effects every area of your life, including your relationships with other people. This is how Satan accomplishes his plan to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10.)
An older girl who discipled me once taught me the acronym HALT. We become more vulnerable to Satan's attacks when we are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired. I was also taught by a speaker that Laziness leads to Lust. So go ahead add laziness to that acronym and we will call it HALLT. Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Lazy, Tired. Now let's apply that to this week's phrase.
- When you're HUNGRY...the battle is not against flesh and blood. I know we've all seen the Snicker's commerical where the guy is acting like a diva because he's hungry. His friends get fed up with him so they hand him a snickers and he is instantly back to himself again. This commercial is so funny to us because it's true. We have all been that cranky, snappy person one time or another because we were hungry. If you don't know what I'm talking about watch a little kid skip snack time.
Anyhow, the point is, your friends aren't your enemies at this point. Your mom telling you to straighten up is not the problem, and no not even your hunger is the problem. The problem is satan told you a lie that it's okay for you to be selfish when you don't get what you want instantly, (which happens to be food at this point.)
- When you're LONELY...the battle's NOT against flesh and blood. As I pointed out in my post Preparing for War, the holiday's always bring about a new set of struggles for singles. Often times satan uses the lie of singleness as our excuse to snap back at other people, usually a mom or sibling. We think that it's our friends fault for rubbing it in our face, but in all reality, the struggle's not against flesh and blood. Rebuke the first negative thought with thankful prayer (Phil 4:6,) and scripture to confront the lie (Eph 6:17.)
Train yourself to catch these thoughts instantly and fight them. Memorize scripture pertaining to the issues you struggle with, then quote them when tempted. Pray in the spirit on all occaisions (1 Thess. 5:17.) Thank God for what you do have when Satan points out what you don't. (1 Thess. 5:18.) And stand strong warrior! Our God has already won the big war, so be faithful to fight the small battles in the day to day for the victory of our King.